For the past 3 years I’ve wrangled with the acacias that come into heavy flower at the end of each winter. Like so much of the Australian bush, the thick, lemony blooms are all-consuming. I find their presence is difficult to represent without muddying the image, each blossom needing to be seen to truly feel the impact they have on the frigid surrounds. This painting is part of a developing body of work which attempts to represent the feeling of the continuous and dominant natural phenomena in my immediate surrounds (the horay sunray by the side of the road, the yellow box full of cascading mistletoe, and the acacias in full bloom). Through a deliberate approach of repetition and reduction, The Smell of Yellow aims to articulate the micro details and the broader scene within which they sit.
Elizabeth Beaumont (b. 1989)
I am an emerging artist based in the Southern Tablelands, NSW. I am self-taught, with a background working as a lawyer in community legal services. I’ve always painted, but have been consistently developing my practice since 2017, since setting up a small studio in a spare room. I now work out of a larger studio at my property in Carwoola, NSW. My works are predominately abstracted landscapes and expressions of the bush, with recurring themes of wallum heathland, the central Australian desert, and Southwest Tasmania. I also work with still life, using the genre to document moments in my life and the places I’ve lived. I have been selected as a finalist in the Glover Prize (2018), Royal Queensland Art Society Young Artists Award (2018) and the Kangaroo Valley Art Prize (2020). I was highly commended at the Glover Prize. I have also exhibited through Sawtooth ARI (‘Worlds End Art Presents Elizabeth Beaumont’) where a series of works were hung with the support of Worlds End Art, at the time operating as a gallery run by Clementine Blackman. In 2019 I held my own exhibition in a warehouse in Sydney which sold out. Since 2020 I have been producing 30-40 works per year which I sell twice per year via my mailing list.